The Trump administration will no longer allow for unaccompanied migrant children who are currently detained in shelters to have access to education, recreational activities and legal aid, according to new information this week, and as reported by NPR.
According to officials, the Office of Refugee Resettlement has been instructing its shelters to scale back on activities “that are not directly necessary for the protection of life and safety,” claiming that the budget has been heavily strained by the large number of migrants arriving at the border. Shelter leaders have been thrown for a loop after being told that they will not be reimbursed for spending on education and activities, which they often pay out-of-pocket at first.
Advocates for the migrant children say the new rules could create “prison-like” conditions for the children who are currently making it day-to-day by having full days of learning and outdoor activities. More than 13,000 minors are being held at shelters across the country, and many of them will stay at these shelters for an average of 48 days.
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